Harry Varley

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Harry Varley
Personal information
Full name Henry Varley
Nickname Harry
Born (1867-11-25)25 November 1867
Cleckheaton/Bradford, England
Died 21 November 1915 (aged 47)
Oldham, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1892–≥92 Liversedge
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1892 England 1 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
189?–97 Oldham 60 5 8 43

Henry "Harry" Varley (25 November 1867[1] — 21 November 1915 (aged 47)[2]) born in Cleckheaton/Bradford (see note), was a rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and at club level for Liversedge, as a Scrum-half, i.e. number 9, and playing club level rugby league (RL) for Oldham, as a Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, i.e. number 6, or, 7, alongside Arthur Lees from 1895.[3] he died in Oldham, Prior to Thursday 29 August 1895, Liversedge was a rugby union club.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Harry Varley played for Liversedge (24.12.1887 v Kirkstall-?) P44. He won a cap for England (RU) while at Liversedge in the 1892 Home Nations Championship against Scotland.[4]

Change of Code[edit]

When Liversedge converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Thursday 29 August 1895, Harry Varley would have been 28 years of age. Consequently, he may have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Liversedge. He also played for Oldham until 1897.[5]

Note[edit]

ESPNscrum.com states Harry Varley's birthplace as being Cleckheaton, whereas FreeBMD.com quotes it as being registered 6-miles away in Bradford.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "International Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "OLDHAM RLFC INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION". Hall of Fame. Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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